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Casual Consumption No. 2

I posted my first casual consumption entry back in June. A lot has been consumed in the days between June and now so I wouldn’t bother to list everything in one go. That’s ridiculous. And I’m very lazy.

I’ve also been really busy dealing with my mental health in the past months. It’s not something I am vocal about because ~*stigma*~ but I need to vent one way or another. I could draft a post about it, we’ll see.

Movies

There has been a crapton of films I’ve seen in July-August. One of them is Guardians of the Galaxy, which I dearly loved. There’s no reason behind seeing this gem apart from the beautiful homo sapien Chris Pratt.

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I don’t think I need to say more about Guardians. You have probably seen it too. It’s wonderful and very entertaining; it gave me that fuzzy feeling after, the kind that makes you want to see that again because.

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And the highlight of this post: I finally saw What If, which was a fun thing to watch, especially if you are fond of seeing rom-com films and you like Daniel Radcliffe. Honestly, though, watching Ruby Sparks and Harry Potter try not to fall in love with each other was fun to watch so it didn’t matter that it was a romantic comedy and I, at one point, cringed so hard because I am dead inside.

There has been a lot of controversy on the subject of a man and a woman being just friends and it’s fine to be curious about it. But when it’s been asked for so many times, over and over, it’s just exhausting. I say let The Fates decide and let’s not speak of it again.

Overall, it was an easy on the eyes feel good movie and I’m absolutely in love with the so-called bromance between Dan Radcliffe and Adam Driver’s characters that I paid more attention to that over Zoe Kazan and Dan’s.

I was also nagged by my friend to see Lucy. Despite its bad reputation online, I opted to go because I wanted to see how bad it was. It started so great. I remember sitting through the first thirty minutes of it and thought it was a decent enough movie to splurge on until it became a pseudo philosophical slash Darwinian conspiracy theory. It was really bad and that is all I want to say about it.

Television

This season, I’ve lost interest in several favorites like Suits. I don’t even care about it anymore so I stopped watching. I might regret that in the future for now I’m out.

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FX has a new show called You’re The Worst which is becoming one of my favorites. It’s filling the Broad City-shaped hole in my heart and so far it’s wonderful. I’ve seen filler episodes and although they weren’t as funny as, say, the pilot, I’m pretty hooked still. Sometimes as I am watching, I feel like it’s reverse psychology BS (re: relationships) but it’s hella funny so as long as I am not overthinking it, I think I’m good.

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Showtime also has this new exploitative documentary show called 7 Deadly Sins. I was curious about its first episode, Gluttony, so I gave it at go. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), 7 Deadly Sins is an eerie and real life scary show giving the audience a little peek of the modern day interpretation of the seven deadly sins.

So far they’ve tackled gluttony which included a burger joint serving quadruple bypass burgers (!!!) and tall glasses of lard milkshakes; envy in which a man pretends to be in a wheelchair and women who buy real life-looking baby dolls; and lust where modern day beastiality was covered. It’s obscene and sometimes very personal but it’s also very entertaining.

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Doctor Who‘s new series starring the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) just started last week. I’m still waiting for a few more episodes to sort out how I feel about it. For a brief moment, Eleven (Matt Smith) was in the episode and I WAS CRYING. I guess it just needs a bit of getting used to. Like when Nine was replaced by Tennant, and so on.

Books

I was able to finish several books in the time I was out. I was briefly on a Melina Marchetta Madness (July) and was able to insert to the bunch Rainbow Rowell’s most recent novel, Landline. I hope I’ll get to review these before I complete forget how they made me feel haha. For the complete list of books I read during my unofficial hiatus, go here.

I’ve also been re-reading a lot of my old books such as On the Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca (for MMM), The Art of Fielding (because I feel very Affenlight right now), and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. – I re-read this so I could write a fair review, not to find a specific someone in the book, but my stand on this book remains. Meaning I can’t connect with their world no matter how much I try to.

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I guess the most remarkable read for me right now is Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3). Reading Isla brought me back to the nights when I would read a paragraph and stop to breathe, flail, and swoon. There were moments in the book that slightly put me off but that’s okay. That only means my teen brain is ageing?

Speaking of, did I tell you I met Stephanie Perkins during a book signing event? She is a peach!

Projects

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I’ve mentioned this a while back and now I think I’ve received the go signal to share this with you! I am part of bookbed – a community dreaming to make the Philippines a reading nation. KB Meniado, our Head Cheer Reader, started bookbed in 2010 as a small online bookstore and now on its 4th year, the bookbed community is more passionate as ever to go bigger.

Anyone who wants to share their love for reading is welcome to join and contribute. You can email me or join here.

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Time-Out

As I have pointed out in this post 3 days ago, I am on a Melina Marchetta week/month. I am done  rereading On the Jellicoe Road and I am happy to report that the impact is the same. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that nothing changed. I still wept like a baby. I love this book so much. I don’t think that will change as well.

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I’m taking a short break from the Melina Marchetta madness so I can read Rainbow Rowell’s latest novel, Landline. I had a semi-panic attack this afternoon when I heard that local bookstores are already selling copies of it-the official release in the US is dated July 8th-and immediately tracked one close to where I live. Rainbow Rowell is a fangirl and I’ll forever look forward to reading her books. Heck, I’ll even gladly read her grocery list.

Tartt’s The Goldfinch can wait until after I’m done with MMM. I read several 160-character reviews of The Goldfinch on Twitter and some say it’s a difficult read. I was able to read a few pages while waiting at the check out counter and I have to say, it’s quite interesting. I guess it gets tougher as the plot thickens?

It’s only Wednesday but I’m already dreaming of the weekend tucked in bed with a book in my hands and a cup of tea on my bedside table. How are you guys holding up?